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Mammothrept

Definition: A sullen, spoiled child (often brought up by an indulgent elder relative.)

Pronunciation: mam-muh-thrept (the ending sounds the same as in “wept”.)

Origin:

Unfortunately unknown.

Why this word?

Besides how it sounds like some fantasy creature?

I think I must be drawn to words related to “children”, “bratty”, and “annoying” around this time of year; you see one haunted-eyed, gaunt-faced parent elbowing aside other patrons as they haul shopping carts full of Expensive and Shiny towards a department store’s registers, you’ve pretty much seen them all.

Completing the circuit would be having the (wanweird) chance to see the screaming, kicking children of those very same parents as said offspring throws a fit on Christmas Morning, shouting “But I wanted the other one! This is all wrong! I hate you!”

(Have I mentioned how I plan to adopt cats?)

How would you use mammothrept in a sentence?

Example: “Rosy-cheeked and bright eyed, and as pleasingly plump as the finest holiday ham, she was a little mammothrept nightmare in a furred pea-coat and bouncing amber curls.”

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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.

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